Tuesday
Aug
2012
28

Some Shots From My Preseason Shoots

by Scott Kelby  |  35 Comments

Here’s a few of my favorites from my two pre-season shoots:

Camera Info:
I shot the game with my usual set-up; Two camera bodies: A Nikon D4 with a 400mm f/2.8 lens (mounted on a Gitzo monopod), but I put a 1.4 tele-extender on for the entire game, which turned my 400mm into around a 550mm lens, but you lose a stop of light so I could only shoot at f/4. Shooting at f/4 with that lens means I had to crank my ISO up between 3,200 and 4,000 depending on where they were on the field due to changes in lighting. My 2nd body was a Nikon D3s and I tried (again) using a 24-70mm but I’m going back to my 70-200mm from here on out — the 24-70mm just has such limited use — the players have to be literally right in front of you).

I shot both cameras wide open (at f/2.8 or f/4 because of the tele-extender). I shot in JPEG (for more shots in burst mode). My shutter speeds were around 1/1000 of a second and higher. Since I was able to shoot at f/2.8 with the 2nd body, I only had to crank the ISO on my 2nd body to around 1,600 to 2,000 (that’s the difference one stop of light makes —- from shooting at 1,600 to having to shot at 4,000).

OK, onto the photos (they look MUCH better larger, so be sure to click on them for a bigger view.

Hope you guys have a Super Tuesday (and don’t forget to scroll down one more post to my Photo Walk update, ’cause things are getting crazy!!! :=)

 

Tuesday
Aug
2012
28

Quick Update on the “Worldwide Photo Walk”

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

OK folks, we are off to an amazing start!!!! It is just blowin’ up — whoo hooo!!! (Above: that’s the group photo for my walk in downtown Tampa, Florida last year). 

Here we are just two weeks after the official announcement and we already have:

Photo Walks: 827 Walks

Walkers signed-up: Nearly 12,000!

If you haven’t signed up for a walk near you (it’s free), here’s the link. If there’s not a walk in a city near you, maybe you should lead one. :)

If you want one of the official Worldwide Photo Walk t-shirts (with 100% of the profits going to the Springs of Hope Orphanage), here’s that link. 

 

Monday
Aug
2012
27

I Switched My Portfolio Over to SmugMug

by Scott Kelby  |  93 Comments

OK, here’s why I wanted to switch:
(1) I wanted to maintain my portfolio myself
In the past, I’ve been lucky enough to have my buddy RC design and maintain my port, but if I want to delete, add, or rearrange my portfolio, I had to contact RC and ask him to do it. RC is incredibly gracious about things like this, but I always felt bad about having to bug him every time I wanted a little tweak, so I wound up not updating and tweaking it very often out of sheer guilt.

(2) Smugmug is designed so you can sell your work
Although I don’t have any prints for sale yet, I get asked about it all the time, and I have a good reason to sell prints (raising money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage).

What Got Me To Pull The Trigger
I’ve been wanting to make the switch for a while now, and I was on some Web site a few weeks back where I saw a SmugMug banner add where they had a free 14-day trial offer, so I thought, “What the heck” and I signed up. That same night I uploaded  my first gallery and it was a breeze, and shortly thereafter I  went from 14-day trial guy to Pro Account guy.

Once I created different galleries (Sports, Football, Fashion, Travel, People, and Landscapes) then I had one of their designers set-up a custom layout for me (they use a network of freelance designers who work directly with you to create your Smugmug layout — I worked with Charles Chung of CreativeSoda and he was absolutely fantastic. Very responsive, easy to work with, and he made the whole process a breeze. If anybody from Smugmug reads this — Charles is awesome!!! Give him a raise/bonus/lexus, etc.).

What I Was Looking For:
A year or so ago, I had a portfolio layout I really liked — one where you can scroll horizontally through the images. The reason I like this layout is that horizontal and vertical images get the same amount of attention (whereas usually only horizontal images get any “juice” in an online port because of their width, and the tall images get lost). The layout let you scroll through the images at the speed you wanted, but the problem was — it was flash-based so if you looked at it on an iPad, it switched to an html version which….well…it wasn’t as elegant (ahem) as the flash one. Then, when they updated my WordPress Blog, for some reason it broke that plug-in RC was using and they had to change it to a layout I didn’t like nearly as much (thought it did kinda scroll).

It works on Tablets, too!
I wanted a portfolio that looked decent on a tablet, and the new SmugMug works really well there (although it does lose the scroll-ability — you have to tap the screen for it to move to the next image) at least you can see it pretty much like it does on a desktop.

What I like best, is…..
The fact that the back-end of my SmugMug site looks like a regular ol’ smugmug default account (see below), but when I add a photo or change the order, it updates the custom layout without me having to tweak stuff I don’t even want to know about (HTML, CSS, STP, ADD, LSD, or any of that stuff).

So, give it a whirl
If you click on the Portfolio link at the top right of this blog, you can take it for a spin. I know the right-scrolling this isn’t for everyone, but after looking at lots of their templates (and other sites), it’s the one I like best, so that’s what I’m going with (also, if you resize the browser it resizes the images).

Thanks to Charles (and Creativesoda) and to the folks at Smugmug for giving me control of my port. Right now I’m gathering shots of cats, people on railroad tracks, and flowers shot in a harsh direct light for uploading. ;-)

P.S. One of the guys that turned me on to SmugMug in the first place was my photo assistant Brad Moore — check out his site, which they customized for him (he’s a kick-butt pro concert photographer). Here’s the link. 

Monday
Aug
2012
27

Come Spend The Day With Me Wednesday in Denver

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

I’m in Denver Wednesday for my “Photoshop for Photographers” full-day live seminar (well, as long as that hurricane stays away, and it looks like it’s staying away from Tampa), and if you want to come out for a day that is likely to curve your spine, you can join me by clicking this link.

If you read this blog and you’re going to be there, make sure you come up and say “hi.” Cheers and we’ll see you in Denver soon! :)

P.S. The next stop for the tour is in Arlington, Texas on September 14th, where RC Concepcion will be the instructor, and then I’m back teaching the seminar in Los Angeles on October, 3rd, then RC is back in Minneapolis on Oct 17th, and then I’m in DC on the 29th. Hope to catch you on the road! :)

 

Friday
Aug
2012
24

Here’s what I’m teaching at the “Photoshop World Conference and Expo”

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

If you’re going to Photoshop World in Vegas next month (Sept 5- 7), I hope you’ll check out one of my classes. I’m teaching three sessions in the conference track this year, and I’m doing a retouching session at Wacom’s booth on the Expo floor:

Wednesday: Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it
I start with an empty stage, set up the lighting and then light a live model to show you three different looks (from one light) and after the shoot I take those images in Lightroom and Photoshop to show the start-to-finish retouch. That way, you see the entire process from start to finish, and you learning the lighting, shooting and retouching.

Thursday: Tips & Tricks for Shooting Sports
I’ve had so many people ask me to do a class on shooting sports, and this class includes lots of tips on everything from gear to shooting techniques, insights and advice, and lots of helpful pointers from a ton of my own research and shooting in the field. If you’re into shooting sports (or you want to shoot sports), you’ll totally dig this presentation.

Friday Morning: Portrait Retouching Secrets [Wacom Booth]
In this session, taught in Wacom’s presentation theater on the expo floor, I’m going to share some of my very favorite portrait retouching techniques along with how I use a tablet in my retouching work (I could not retouch without one. Well, I’ve had to on occasion, but it’s brutal). Lots to share in this 30-minute session.

Friday: Lightroom Killer Tips
This is an updated version of my popular class on the Lightroom track, with some cool stuff for Lightroom 4. I learned a bunch of new stuff since last time, so I updated the class to add these new techniques, and this is another one of those classes that I can’t wait to teach.

Anyway, if you’re going, I’d love to see you in one of my sessions, so I hope you’ll drop by. If you haven’t planned on going, why not? Here’s the link—come and spend a few days taking your career, and your skills, up a big notch (warning: if you go even once, you’ll want to go every year. Ask anyone that’s been to one). See you in Vegas in just a few weeks!

Thursday
Aug
2012
23

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  157 Comments

Photoshop World
Photoshop World Vegas is less than two weeks away! I can almost see Joe McNally’s speedlights firing, hear Alan Hess’s shutter clicking as Big Electric Cat rocks his pre-con, and hear Jay Maisel dropping f-bombs as he wows the crowd with his beautiful work and sharp sense of humor… Don’t miss this opportunity to hang out with the instructors you love!

This will be your last chance to win a full-conference pass from Free Stuff Thursdays, so leave a comment for your chance to be the lucky winner!

Kelby Training Live
All three of the Kelby Training Live tours are on the road this coming week!

First up is the Lightroom 4 Live seminar with Matt Kloskowski TOMORROW, August 24 in Seattle! It’s not too late to register, which you can do right here.

Then, Joe McNally is bringing his One Light, Two Light tour to Portland on Monday, August 27.

And last but certainly not least, is Scott Kelby’s Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour on Wednesday, August 29 in Denver!

You can get all the details for these and upcoming dates at KelbyTrainingLive.com

KelbyTraining.com
Head over to Kelby Training to check out the latest class from Rick Sammon, LIGHT: The Main Element in Every Photograph! In this class, Rick discusses the importance of knowing light and using it to make the most impact in your photographs. He even discusses how our cameras and lenses react to and record light, then talks about controlling light in our images.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a 1-month Kelby Training subscription!

Last Week’s Winners
One Light, Two Light Seminar
- David Pino

Photoshop World Pre-Conference Workshop
- rjhoughton

Photoshop CS6 Seminar
- Gordon

We’ll be in touch soon regarding your prizes. And keep scrolling down to the next post for an announcement/guest post from Bill Fortney!

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